A psycho-mathematic commentary on ageing and history: Mrs. Christine Fisher

Christine Fisher

Laurent Loty wrote in about this fascinating photograph of a woman born in 1796: Mrs. Christine Fisher, 103 yrs old. She was born at Connelsville, PA  on May 11, 1796.

Et mon commentaire pyscho-mathématique : plus on vieillit, plus la distance temporelle qui nous sépare de la Révolution française diminue, proportionnellement à la durée de notre vie. Bref, une personne née en 1989 et qui a 26 ans aujourd’hui se sent très éloignée du début de la Révolution française (il faut presque neuf fois la durée de sa vie pour remonter à 1789). Mais quand cette même personne aura 100 ans en 2089, elle se sentira bien plus proche de la Révolution (il ne faut que trois fois la durée de sa vie pour remonter à 1789).

Laurent suggests that, the older we get, the more the time between our lives and the French Revolution shrinks down, proportionately to our lifespan. So a person born in 1989 and who is 26 today would feel very far away from 1789, when the Revolution began. (She would have to live her life nine times over to get back to 1789). But when that same person turns 100, in 2089, she will feel much closer to the Revolution. (She would only have to live her life three times over to get back to 1789).

That seems like a deep thought. I’m not sure quite what it means, but it seems reassuring for some reason.

Merci, Laurent!

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